The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

July 12-15

6 years ago

By Richelle Braswell

The weekend has finally arrived; take advantage and have fun. Let us know what you’re up to by tagging @wacoan and using our hashtag, #WacoWeekend. You just might be featured in Monday’s Waco Weekend Recap. Enjoy!


Throughout the Weekend


Dig it! Hunt fossils at Ancient Oceans. The daily event will take place at Waco Mammoth National Monument at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tickets cost $3. Participants will take home any fossils they found. This event will continue until September 1. To learn more, visit

The game is on! Watch the last games of the Russia 2018 World Cup at Barnett’s Public House for World Cup Week. Barnett’s will open early for the third-place play-off Saturday at 9 a.m. and the final Sunday at 10 a.m. Cheer on your team and find out who wins.
The National Walking Horse Association’s Texas Gaited Rumble Regional Championship Show is here, so get ready to see walking horses and their riders compete. Events will begin Friday at 8 a.m. and Saturday at 9 a.m., and will take place at the Extraco Events Center. For details, visit

Thursday, July 12

What’s more fun than spending time with your family? Spending time with your family while learning about science. Swing by West Waco Library for Family Night: Science Fun! Make slime, balloon rockets and more. The event will take place from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Visit for more information.

Put your hands together for The Stars Over Texas Jamboree! This month’s theme is Oldies Jukebox. Special guests include the Starlettes, Royce Montgomery and Kenneth Elliott. Head to Lee Lockwood Library and Museum for a great show starting at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $14 for adults and $12 for anyone age 65 or older.

Friday, July 13

Marvel or DC? That’s the question. Make your way to South Waco Library for Teen After Hours: Marvel versus DC Fandom Party. Choose and defend your allegiance while making superhero buttons and playing fun games. Attendees must be age 13 or older. The event will take place from 5:45-8 p.m. For details, visit

Saturday, July 14


Wake up! You don’t want to miss the Waco Downtown Farmers Market. Explore great vendors, eat some yummy food and enjoy a relaxing Saturday morning. The farmers market is open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 500 Washington Avenue.

Happy 25th birthday, Cameron Park Zoo! Help them celebrate with a wild party: Happy Birthday to Zoo. Special guests include a juggling stilt-walker and a singing and dancing African storyteller. Enjoy face painting, bounce houses, water games, keeper talks, animal feedings and mermaids. The celebration will occur from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All extracurricular activities are included with regular admission. To learn more, visit
If you love exploring nature, swing by the Waco Mammoth National Monument for its weekly Wild Residents Trail Walk. Stroll through nature on a 20-minute guided tour and learn about the park’s wild residents. The free tour begins at 11 a.m. Visit for details.
The Dr Pepper Museum and the McLennan County Master Gardeners unite forces for Pop-Up Saturday: Container Gardening. Learn about a container garden and what you can grow in it. Travel between three stations: seed germinating, paper towel gardening and terrarium-in-a-bottle. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Dr Pepper Museum’s courtyard. Access is included in general admission. For more information, visit

Support the Humane Society of Central Texas at its Car Show fundraiser. Classic cars, muscle cars, exotic cars — oh my! Explore them all. Cash prizes and award plaques will be available. There will also be food, bounce houses, music and plenty of adoptable cats and dogs. To enter a car, registration costs $20 per vehicle. The car show will take place at the Humane Society from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. After the show, head over to Bare Arms Brewing for the Car Show After Party from 4-10 p.m. Drink specials will be available. Any pet you adopt is welcome to join you at the after party. Visit to learn more about both events.

Sunday, July 15


Are you ready? The 10th annual TriWaco Triathlon is here! Everything begins at 6:30 a.m. at Indian Spring Park. Swim 1,500 meters in the Brazos River, bike 25 miles on country roads and run a 10K along the Brazos River that finishes across the Suspension Bridge. If you want shorter distances, you can opt for a sprint course: 400-meter swim, 12-mile bike ride and 3.5-mile run. For entry fees and a full schedule, visit or call Amanda Haygood at 757-5611.
Three cheers for zookeepers! Make your way to Cameron Park Zoo for National Zookeeper Week. Enjoy keeper talks at various times. The zoo is open Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information, visit

It’s Christmas in July! Historic Waco Foundation presents Summer Santa Sale at Earle-Napier-Kinnard house. You can never start Christmas shopping too early if you find just the right piece. Check out Christmas decorations and one-of-a-kind vintage decorations. The sale begins Sunday and continues through August 12. Stop by Earle-Napier-Kinnard house when it’s open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday hours are 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Visit for details.

Live Music

• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), DiamondBack’s, 6 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Bill and Phil (acoustic), The Backyard, 8 p.m.
• Jackie Darlene (country), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Dustin Terral (acoustic), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Dave Wild Trio (jazz), Klassy Glass, 8:30 p.m.
• Johnny Joe Ramos (country), The Backyard, 9 p.m.
• Wayworn Traveler (country), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Frenchie’s Blues Destroyers (rock ‘n’ roll), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Ryan Steele (alternative/indie), Sip & Swirl, Valley Mills Vineyards, 8 p.m.
• The Tall Boys (country), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• DJ Eric A, The Backyard, 9 p.m.
• John Dempsy (Americana), The Backyard, 1 p.m.